Ensuring the successful transition of adolescents to adult services
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Ensuring the successful transition of adolescents to adult services

Jonathan Mills Foundation year 1 doctor, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Peter Cutajar Consultant doctor, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Jo Jones Consultant doctor, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Deval Bagelkote Consultant doctor, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Jonathan Mills and colleagues discuss findings from an audit of the referral and transfer of children with learning disabilities to services for adults

The movement of adolescents with learning disabilities from children’s to adult services can sometimes be unsatisfactory, causing upset for the young people involved and raising costs for the NHS. This article discusses an examination of the casenotes of young people referred from children’s to adult learning disability services in an NHS mental health trust in Nottinghamshire over an eight-month period. It reviews the ages of clients at referral and transfer, and the specialties of referring organisations, and discusses the potential reasons why transfers can fail.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 6,26-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.07.16.6.26.e1462

Correspondence

jon_mills89@hotmail.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 April 2013

Accepted: 14 May 2013